Tough Travelling“Tough Traveling” is a weekly Thursday feature created by Nathan at Review Barn where participants make a new list each week based on The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. This hilarious little book cheerfully pokes fun at the most prevalent tropes in fantasy. All are welcome to take part, and there is a link up over at his site. Join in any time!

This week’s trope is TO BLATHE:

Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. Except for a nice MLT, a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that. But that’s not what he said! He distinctly said “to blave.” (Thanks to Wendy again.  Let’s find those examples of True Love!)

What an appropriate week to be celebrating true love! It’s no secret that I love love, regardless of the time of year.

There’s a tiny spoiler for the romantic pairing in Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier at the end of this post. You’ve been warned!

The Princess BrideWesley and Buttercup – The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Come on, isn’t this the couple that everyone thinks of when they think true love? “As you wish” is probably the most romantic catch phrase of all time.

“Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam…”
Cry WolfAnna and Charles – Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs 

This is a case of “when you know, you know.” When Anna and Charles meet, it’s clear that they’re meant to be mates…at least it is to their wolf halves. The human halves? There’s attraction, sure, but they don’t even know each other! Watching these two get to know one another and fall in love as equals is seriously swoon worthy.

GracelingKatsa and Po – Graceling by Kristin Cashore 


Two warriors, two nations, two political agendas. Two isolate people with crushing responsibility and secrets. Can they beat the odds? You bet your mutton sandwich they can! I love that Katsa is the one to take care of Po when bad things happen, rather than the other way around. You go, girl!

Daughter of the ForestSorcha and Red – Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

So I’ll admit that I was slightly surprised about how the romance played out in Daughter of the Forest, but pleasantly so. This is a serious forbidden love situation where the parties involved just say ***k it and get together anyway because they deserve some happiness. The slowest of burns.


    • Bob Milne

    • 8 years ago

    Ah, Wesley and Buttercup – they really are the perfect example, aren’t they?

  1. Always wondered the proper way to spell Mawwiage.

    • Laura @ Half-Strung Harp

    • 8 years ago

    Ahh, I really must read The Princess Bride! I’ve seen the film a whole bunch of times, but never read the book. I feel like such a fraud. :O 😀

    1. I read the book recently and I swear it is even better (although very similar to!) the movie

  2. at my wedding my uncle was the officiant and i got him to say the officiant’s lines from the wedding scene “love truuue wuvv” hehe and a bit more of it – was great.

  3. Thanks for the spoiler warning, I skipped that one. Yeah Princess Bride had to be on this one. I completely agree with Katsa and Po! I loved the first half of that book!

    • Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    • 8 years ago

    OK, I have to say Alpha & Omega has me a bit interested, sounds like it could be fun to read.

    • Lynn Williams

    • 8 years ago

    I just love The Princess Bride – book and film!
    I also like the sound of the Briggs books. I’ve read her Mercy Thompson series up to date but never looked at these others.
    Aww, Katsa and Po – nice inclusion.
    Lynn 😀

  4. Sorcha and Red *sigh* One of the best epic fantasy romances I’ve ever read. Marillier has the touch.

    And maybe it’s just me but Anna and Charle’s first meeting actually creeped me out! The one in the short story, right? 😛


  5. Daughter of the Forest is still my favorite Marillier – the other books of hers that I’ve read are good but Daughter of the Forest is extra special. While I adore The Princess Bride the movie and can quote it at embarrassing length I’m not a big fan of the book.

  6. Hahhaha love that Mawwiage quote.

  7. Ugh.. Disqus just ate my reply. Sorry if you get both! Anyway, I reall have to read Daughter of the Forest now! 🙂 Forbidden love + fairytale retelling sounds perfect.
    I have horrible book amnesia about Graceling – I remember really liking it and I want to rad the sequel.

  8. I shielded my eyes from the Marillier b/c gonna read it and soon, but the rest . . . YAASSS. And I can’t even say “especially” to any of them, b/c I love them ALL. Although . . . Wesley and Buttercup are certainly the most quotable 😉 I was supposed to BR The Princess Bride over the holidays, but life. *grumbles*

    • Jan

    • 8 years ago

    You have great choices. I’ve read three of the four books (except for Daughter of the Forest) and agree with these!

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